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Carl Nelson

July 31, 1939 — August 24, 2023


Carl Eugene Nelson, age 84, passed away August 24, 2023 surrounded by family.  Funeral service will be held Monday, August 28, 2023 at 2 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
He was born July 31, 1939 and raised on the family farm near Pease, MN.  He attended Milaca High School graduating in 1957.  He worked on the family farm where he learned to be a hard working man.  After graduating, he worked for O.G. Hanson Concrete in Princeton.  


In 1959, Carl enlisted in the US Army based in Warrensville Station in Cleveland, OH.  On a weekend pass he was introduced to his future wife, Sharon Williams, and they were married on March 18, 1961.  Within four years there were blessed with four children.  After his Army service he remained in Cleveland and started his own business, Nelson’s Dry Cleaning Service.

Carl was an avid fisherman going on many outings with family and friends.  He enjoyed hunting including a few hunts in Wyoming.  Carl and Sharon had a Harley and would go out on leisurely rides many times with a close group of friends. He even made a trip to the bike rally in Sturgis, SD.  He also enjoyed snowmobiling with long time friends with a few trips out west.

In September 1968 he was offered and bought the family dairy farm near Pease, MN and moved his family there.  In 2008, Carl and Sharon were awarded the Century Farm Award.  He retired from dairy farming in 2001 and continued to farm crops for several years.  He moved to an assisted living facility in 2022, selling the family farm to a granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sharon (Williams) Nelson;  daughter, Darlynn (Scott) Gould;  sons, Daren (Valerie) Nelson and Darell (Kris) Nelson;  twelve grandchildren, Jared Gould, Megan (Josh) Paulson, Derek (Michon) Nelson, Jessica Zoerb, DesiRae (Brian) Feldhauser, Darrell (Nicole) Nelson, Austin Nelson, Samantha Nelson, Sawyer Nelson, Bryan (Yalanda) Nelson, Bradley Nelson, Rachel (Brian) McLalwain;  ten great-grandchildren;  sisters, Ellen Stanslaski and Laura (Harry) Moses;  brothers, Dennis (Judy) Nelson, Leslie (Kit) Nelson, Mike (Barb) Nelson, Alvin (Lynette) Nelson and Ernest Nelson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Bertha Nelson;  sisters, Janice Nelson and Sandy Lang;  brother-in-law, Ron Stanslaski;  sister-in-law, Patti Nelson;  son, Dean Nelson and infant grandson, Christopher Nelson.

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